We are a nation of animal lovers. I am the proud owner of Star, a 4 year old Norwich Terrier and my companion on walks along the beach in the constituency.
This year I entered Star in the Dog's Trust annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition. It is a chance to raise awareness of the work the Trust does, as well as wider issues of animal welfare. MPs from all parties are able to take part, and it is a really great day – and one that gives a serious message whilst having some lighthearted fun.
I was amazed and delighted when Star won "Dog of the Year". She triumphed after a public vote, a "doggy dash", plus final judging by the experts from the Dogs Trust. She really lived up to her name today!
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